Take up GoSL ban on Diaspora with UN Security Council – GTF tells UK

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has urged the UK to intervene on its behalf at the UN Security Council to prevent the Sri Lankan government exploiting United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 of 2001 (UNSCR 1373) to attack 16 Diaspora groups as well as 424 individuals. The UK based outfit registered under the UK Companies Act of 2006 alleged that UNSCR 1373 was being used by Sri Lanka to intimidate Tamil speaking people living both in and outside the country. The targeted persons included UK citizens as well as those residing in UK. The UK is a member of Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). GTF President Rev. Dr. S.J. Emmanuel in a letter addressed to Secretary of State for Foreign […]

UPDATE 1-EU court overturns Tamil Tiger sanctions but maintains asset freeze

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Oct 16 (Reuters) – European Union judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were imposed by the EU but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being. The court said a decision by EU leaders in 2006 to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a list of terrorist organisations had been based on “imputations derived from the press and the Internet” rather than on direct investigation of the group’s actions, as required by law. It said in a statement that the EU had also failed, when following Indian sanctions against the Tigers, to ensure that India gave sufficient judicial protection to those it accused. However, the court rejected the […]

Sri Lanka concerned at EU court ruling

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK. The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that expectedly, the ECJ judgment requires in-depth study by all the defendant parties. It is noteworthy that the Court has stressed the annulments to be “on fundamentally procedural grounds” and “do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of the LTTE as a terrorist group.” Further it is observed from the decision of the ECJ that “the effects of […]

Lessons on Sri Lankan Reconciliation by the Cabinet Minister in the Midst

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

HOUSTON: On Wednesday, October 9, the Asia Society held a gathering, at which Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a Senior Cabinet Minister from Sri Lanka, addressed the efforts at reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The Minister was introduced by Charles Foster, Chairman of the Asia Society and by the Honorary Counsel General of Sri Lanka, Bandula Wijay with special thanks extended to attorneys George Willy and Rajneesh Chaudhary for making the event possible. In his address, Nanayakkara pointed out the various points and factors leading to the conflicts that have ravaged the beautiful island country and prevented it from being what it has the potential of becoming. Some of the main points of conflict are the cultural, racial, social, religious and economical differences between the Tamils of the north […]

We can bring most Tamil votes to the UNP – Mano

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front and former Colombo district parliamentarian Mano Ganesan who now commands over 15% of the Colombo city vote speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about his choice of a common opposition candidate for the forthcoming presidential election and the logic of ethnicity based politics.   Q. If we start off from the most important current controversy, are you in favour of an apolitical common candidate from outside the party system or are you willing to support a UNP candidate at the forthcoming presidential election? A. The candidates have been shortlisted now. The apolitical candidate is Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera and the political candidate is Ranil Wickremesinghe. As a party leader in the opposition, I cannot commit myself to a candidate at this moment. […]

Five UPFA Politicians Hold Secret Discussions With Opposition For A Crossover

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Five ruling party parliamentarians including three ministers are presently holding discussions with the main opposition party for a possible cross over ahead of the next national level election, highly placed political sources told Asian Mirror. The group of Ministers include Senior Minister Piyasena Gamage, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Parliamentarian Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, Mirigama SLFP Organizer Vasantha Senanayake and Minister of State Management Reforms Navin Dissanayake, sources also added.  A UNP spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous told Asian Mirror that some of them had expressed willingness to cross the aisle of the Parliament at any moment as they were disappointed with the present state of affairs in the country. It has also been revealed that some of these ruling party members have also held […]

We will attack and kill your children and wife if you do not cancel the journalist meeting

17th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The government vowed to investigate after dozens of Sri Lankan journalists and rights monitors received death threats yesterday from an ultra-nationalist group. The journalists and civil society members recieved threatening text messages and phone calls from a group called Rata Beragath Deshapremi Balakaya (“patriotic force that salvaged the country”), which vowed they would “attack” should the reporters attend a planned investigating journalism workshop hosted by Transparency International Sri Lanka. The text message sent to many of the 50 enrolled journalists claimed the meeting was canceled and warned the group against going, saying: “Do not attend this LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] meeting. You will be attacked.” Jayasiri Jayasekara, an organizer who was threatened, said he was told in a phone call: “We will attack and kill […]

The Court annuls, on procedural grounds, the Council measures maintaining the LTTE on the European list of terrorist organisations

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-10/cp140138en.pdf The Court annuls, on procedural grounds, the Council measures maintaining the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the European list of terrorist organisations. However, the effects of the annulled measures are maintained temporarily in order to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are a movement which opposed the Government of Sri-Lanka in a violent confrontation which resulted in the LTTE’s defeat in 2009. In 2006, the Council placed the LTTE on the EU list relating to frozen funds of terrorist organisations and has maintained them on that list ever since, referring to, inter alia, decisions of Indian authorities. The LTTE contest their maintenance on the list. They submit that their confrontation with the […]

European Court removes EU restrictions on LTTE

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

In a landmark victory for the legal initiatives of Eezham Tamils, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered the Council of European Union on Thursday to annul the restrictive measures taken against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The case has been won by the LTTE on procedural grounds, said the lawyers representing the LTTE. Commenting on the judgement, Mr Lathan Suntharalingam, one of the initiators of the legal move against EU ban on LTTE said: “More than 40 countries in the world directly and indirectly abetted the Sri Lankan State in its genocidal onslaught on Eezham Tamils. The US paradigm of ‘War Against Terror’ was used to crush the LTTE-defended State of Eezham Tamils. The ECJ verdict on Thursday is […]

GTF News Update – 16th October 2014

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** TNA insists it is not backing Eelam State <http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/15/tna-insists-it-is-not-backing-eelam-state/>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Voter Bribery For Upcoming Presidential Election In Jaffna: Suma <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/voter-bribery-for-upcoming-presidential-election-in-jaffna-suma/>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** TNA boycotts President’s meeting <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-75453-news-detail-tna-boycotts-presidents-meeting.html>   AFP Sri Lanka’s military to return gold jewellery <http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11342597>   SYDNEY MORNING HERALD India was the ‘obvious place’ to send 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers: Immigration <http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/india-was-the-obvious-place-to-send-157-sri-lankan-asylum-seekers-immigration-20141015-116kbz.html>   DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sajith against MR’s third term <http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/53750-sajith-against-mrs-third-term.html>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** India may clear new sea route to Lanka <http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/15/india-may-clear-new-sea-route-to-lanka/>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SL to implement vessel monitoring system <http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-top-stories/item/34219-sl-to-implement-vessel-monitoring-system.html>   –OPINION/EDITORIAL/INTERVIEW–   THE ECONOMIST Slow train through […]

Sri Lanka Is In The Hands Of A Single Family says JHU

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The country is being run according to the whims and fancies of a single family, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Athuraliye Rathana thera has stated. Speaking at the launch of the proposal for the 19th Constitutional amendment prepared by Pivithuru Hetak (A better tomorrow) movement led by him, the monk whose party is a member of the UPFA coalition has accused the Rajapaksa-regime of running the country according to the whims and fancies of a handful of officials in the government service. “Every single state-level decision is made by a dictatorial hand; the country is in the hands of a single family and a few government officials whom this family heeds to,” Rathana thera had stated. During his speech at the event he had gone […]

A grand alliance a must in order to defeat UPFA

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF), Mano Ganesan says that the results of the recently held Uva Provincial Council polls came as a shock to the Government. In an interview to The Nation, Ganesan added that his party was in the process of holding discussions with the United National Party (UNP) and opposition parties with regard to forging an alliance for the upcoming Presidential elections and beyond. Following are excerpts: Q. You supported the UNP at the recently held Uva Provincial Council elections. Are you happy the way things have turned out for the party? Yes, my party DPF decided to support UNP at the Uva PC elections. I personally participated in the campaign by addressing meetings in the plantations. We did not field […]

Tiger Diaspora leaders to India

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Chinese submarines in Colombo, and the Tamil Diaspora entry to India were the surprising developments in India and Sri Lanka last week. The Indian Defence Secretary was in Sri Lanka last week to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was in Kandy. Though it was not clear as to what was conveyed to Mahinda by the Indian Defence Secretary, there was no doubt that India expressed concern over the berthing of three Chinese submarines during the visit of the Chinese President. They were sent to Colombo during the Chinese leaders visit. India suspects that there is provision at the Hambantota Port to berth such submarines. This issue had even surfaced between Mahinda and Modi in New York during the recent United Nations General Assembly sideline talks. […]

Approval compulsory for foreigners visiting North

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Gota pushing country back into LTTE era –all foreign tourists visiting north and east must get his prior permission Genocidal Sri Lanka bans ‘foreigners’ visiting occupied Tamil Eelam   Foreigners visiting the Northern part of the country should inform the Defence Ministry of such visits as there had been negative intervention on the part of a few foreign nationals visiting the region, announced by Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya. Brigadier Wanigasooriya said that the Ministry recognizes and always remembers the enormous services rendered by friendly countries, and National and International Non Governmental Organizations for the positive development of the region during the period of war and after the defeat of the LTTE. However, he briefed that they had received information that a few foreigners visiting the […]

A Presidential visit up North and stifling even the limited devolution granted under the 13th amendments.

16th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By all accounts, President Rajapakse’s unprecedented and rather controversial third term re-election campaign, though unofficial, has begun in earnest. Last week he presented the Cabinet of Ministers with a proposal to increase communal harmony in the country and implement the LLRC proposals, though a few weeks earlier the defense establishment, had facilitated a convention of an extremist religious organization, which joined hands with a convicted religious extremist monk from Myanmar to sprout the kind of vitriolic venom at minorities that most closely resembled the worst rhetoric of the Nazi political rallies in Nuremberg, Germany before the second world war. The hate speech charges of over breeding, controlling commerce, diluting the majority through inter marriage, were all charges leveled against the Jews by the Nazi’s. Today […]

Military presence in nothern province – Analysis

15th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Northern Provincial Council has asked the Sri Lankan defence forces to vacate from their province. According to the TNA leaders the army occupies nearly 25 per cent of the total land area in the province. But according to the Sri Lankan ministry of defence the total area under the forces in NPC is less than five per cent. Isn’t the army justified in occupying a small portion of land in a former conflict zone? What are your comments?  This is a slightly complex question linked to the post war socio-political environment in Sri Lanka and Northern Province. Right to station troops anywhere in the country There is no doubt the Sri Lanka Government has every right to station troops in Northern Province or anywhere […]

EU to ban fish imported from Sri Lanka

15th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) has decided to ban the import of fisheries products caught by vessels flagged in Sri Lanka from entering the EU market after three months’ time from now. The European Commission said that in November 2012, the EU sent a warning to Sri Lanka saying they were not complying with international rules on illegal fishing and their control systems were inadequate. European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki said that two years later, not much has changed and the same problems are still there and are even getting worse. She says Sri Lanka is now authorizing huge vessels to fish in the Indian Ocean without marine GPS (VMS). This renders control totally impossible. Damanaki said that Sri Lanka is the second biggest […]

Tamil asylum seekers detained illegally and denied procedural fairness by Australian Government

15th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil asylum seekers detained illegally and denied procedural fairness The Australian Government’s decision to detain 157 Tamil asylum seekers at sea for nearly a month was illegal, lawyers say. The validity of the law to detain the group in June is under the spotlight at the High Court in Canberra. The court was today told by lawyers representing the asylum seekers that the group was illegally detained and denied procedural fairness when they were not asked about their refugee status. The group, which includes 50 children, were intercepted at sea and taken aboard the Australian Customs ship the Oceanic Protector. The group had set out from Pondicherry in India after fleeing Sri Lanka. A failed attempt to return the group to India saw them transferred […]

Citing Buddhist monk, SL police refuses to act on land-grab complaints in Batticaloa

15th October 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 23:50 GMT] The Head of the Sri Mangalaramaya Buddhist vihara Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana thero has been instrumental in seizing the lands of Eezham Tamils and handing over these lands to Sinhalese from the border villages. When the Tamil land owners complained to the Divisional Secretary of Poaratheevup-pattu (Vellaave’li), the DS accepted their lands have been illegally encroached. But, the Sri Lankan Police at Vellaave’li has refused to accept and act on the complaints by Tamil land owners. The latest seizure of farm lands has taken place at Chinnavaththai village in Vellaave’li division of Paduvaankarai region. Ven. Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thera The Sinhala police officers at Vellaave’li have told the Tamil landowners Luxmanan Nagamuthu, Kamalaluxmy Nagamuthu, Rasamany Kathamuthu and Rajaluxmy Kathamuthu that […]

Voter Bribery For Upcoming Presidential Election In Jaffna

15th October 2014 // 0 Comments

In an attempt to coax the voters in the North before the upcoming presidential elections, President Rajapaksadistributed some 20,000 families with land claiming they were handed over to the beneficiaries through title deeds when in fact they are only land permits. Reporting on the President’s three-day visit to the North where he re-opened the railway line to Jaffna, local media has published that some 20,000 displaced families have received title deeds of lands. However, sources claim these lands have not awarded by title deeds but through permits under the Land Development Ordinance backed by Ranbima Grants – a scheme of issuing ownership documents under Section 19(4) of the Land Development Ordinance to members of the Farmers’ Class. TNA MP MA Sumanthiran commenting on the distribution […]

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